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Best friends and aspiring restaurateurs Billy Phelps and John McCormick attempt to open a New York City eatery as some of the city's best-known restaurateurs recall their own days of struggle in this documentary from filmmakers Kate Novak and Andrew Rossi. From financial crises to kitchen problems and issues that nearly derail the venture before doors even open for business, Phelps and McCormick keep the dream alive by converting an old check-cashing shop into a retro speakeasy. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 42%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's more of a nouvelle-cuisine starter course than a square meal."
‑ Kristin Tillotson, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Serves a full course meal in Restaurant 101."
‑ Dotty Griffith, Dallas Morning News
"Everyone who ever thought about opening a restaurant should watch Eat This New York."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"The documentary is all over the place but for anybody who has ever sneaked a peak at the Food Network, there is bound to be a morsel or two in this dish that's to your liking."
‑ Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone,
"the only feel we're given for the opening of a restaurant is the coping with building contractors...Café Moto literally arises from dust and ashes"
‑ Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"The oddest thing about this sweet but not entirely satisfying documentary is how little food is involved."
‑ Eve Zibart, Washington Post
"So, how's the food? The camera never even goes up close. That's the kind of restaurant documentary this is."
‑ Janice Page, Boston Globe
"***** ***** *****."
‑ Christopher Null,
"The treatment is so meandering and flaccid that what might have been a spicy study of service capitalism instead proves a decidedly bland dish."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"Entertaining documentary about the odds against making it in the New York City restaurant business."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"This lively, absorbing documentary about best friends who open a tiny cafe in the heart of Brooklyn is full of such mouth-watering shots of cooking and eating that a jumbo-sized popcorn and pallid soda simply won't do."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"A documentary with a terrific name but a blurry premise."
‑ Megan Lehmann, New York Post
"Entrepreneurs are what the U.S. is all about: This doc provides a nice take on what it takes to risk all for a business vision."
‑ Harvey S. Karten, Compuserve
"This unfocused and at times obnoxious movie comes off more like an excuse for directors Andrew Rossi and Kate Novack to kiss up to swankier Manhattan restaurateurs."
‑ Paul Sherman, Boston Herald
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